As part of the Native American Art unit this term, the Grade 5/6s have been looking at Warrior and Medicine shields from the People of the Plains. Students learnt about the culture and artwork of the First Peoples of America, in particular the Lakota and Sioux tribes and created their very own artwork inspired by these shields. The focus was on colour and creating a work that had flow and harmony. The time, detail and craftsmanship that the students demonstrated is pretty incredible! What a great work to finish the year off!
The Grade 5/6s have spent the term creating whimsical and evocative shadow boxes. The design brief was to create a shadow box which showed depth and portrayed a theme, for example an emotion like fear or happiness. Students spent some weeks designing and experimenting with different materials and then started transforming their design sketches into 3D artworks. Students expressed themselves through these artworks in a very powerful and meaningful way and I believe that anyone looking at these works would agree. This project also gave the students the opportunity to work with a variety of different media.
The photos below are some snap shots of their work so far. Some are still in the process stage, whilst others are finished pieces. I will take some more photos of the finished works in a few weeks time. Enjoy!
This term Preps will be learning about how artists repurpose materials to make new artworks. We will be starting with fabric owl collages inspired by the textile works of Mandy Pattullo. Students will learn how to draw, paint and collage owls. This process will culminate in each student using the knowledge they acquired through the developmental stages of the work to create an owl collage made from fabric and recycled paper scraps. Preps will learn about texture and incorporate these techniques and knowledge into their artworks.
Grade 1 and 2
Grade 1 and 2 students will be looking at the work of American artist Yumi Okita and will create relief artworks inspired by Okita’s textile moth sculptures. Students will learn about symmetry and colour throughout the developmental stages of their artworks and will experience the tactile nature of working with fabric and fibers. Through guided and independent drawing, students will develop an understanding of the anatomy of moths and how to draw them. Students will also have the opportunity to explore pattern and repetition when designing their moth’s wings. This term is about repurposing old materials into new artworks. Students will achieve this by using fabric scraps and old pieces of cardboard to create their artworks.
Grade 3 and 4
This term is all about repurposing old materials into new artworks. Students will be discovering the art of the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest of America and Canada, with a particular focus on Totem Poles and their cultural significance. Using paper scraps and recycled paper, students will create a piece of a totem pole using collaging techniques. Each student’s work will be connected to other students’ work and form a Totem Pole. Throughout this work, students will learn about symmetry, balance and repetition and how these elements are integral to Totem Pole art.
Grade 5 and 6
This term Grade 5 and 6 students will turn old gift boxes into whimsical shadow boxes as part of our recycled art unit this term. The project aims to repurpose old materials into new artworks. Over a series of weeks students will develop a very personal design for their shadow box, which aims to express and idea or theme they would like to convey to their audience. Students will use self-reflection tools, class discussions and feedback sessions, mind-maps and developmental sketches to create a finished work, which deals with their idea or theme and shows an understanding of depth and perspective.
I’d have to say that these sculptures were probably one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done with students! The Grade 5/6s really embraced this project and their creativity thrived! Five weeks ago, we came together as a class and discussed Ryniak’s aesthetic style, such as chubby tummies, warts, wrinkles, small in scale and monochromatic (in most cases). This rich discussion lead to a series of sketches, where students could start to imagine their creature on paper. The following weeks were all about the 3D work. Students experienced working with clay – thank you to the mums who came and helped me during the clay lessons, you were lifesavers!! Students learnt about mixed-media by working with faux fur, beads, wire, tissue paper, pipe cleaners and faux leather. To finish, students had to fill out a self-reflection sheet, which encouraged them to think about their ideas, craftsmanship, problem-solving strategies and skills they learnt or needed to employ to create their sculpture. Watching the students rush over to their sculpture at the beginning of the lesson and excitedly gather their materials to start creating filled me with joy! I’m so proud of these kids and the amazing work they do! Hopefully you enjoy looking at the sculptures, as much as we enjoyed making them!
I often get asked a lot by parents if I know of any good art classes or workshops their children could do outside of school. Art Play at federation Square have a wide range of contemporary and super creative art workshops purely dedicated to children from toddlers to 12 year olds. Click on the link to view what’s on at that moment and if you decide to go to a workshop, let me know how it was!
Whilst you’re out in the city, you might want to check out NGV kids. The Viktor and Rolf kids space is sure to be a hit: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/atelier-viktorandrolf-for-kids/“As part of the Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists exhibition, NGV Kids presents Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids, an interactive space designed especially for children and families. Here the fashion designers share their experimental approach to fashion and design through displays, multimedia experiences and hands-on activities.”
…and just to jam-pack a little more art into your day, you could also check out Fake Food Park by Martí Guixé for Kids: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/marti-guixe/“Especially for NGV Kids, Catalan food designer Martí Guixé has created a vibrant environment in which children are inspired to think creatively about common foods via drawing challenges and hands-on activities.”
As part of the Space and Science-Fiction Art unit this term the Grade 5/6s are focusing on the work of American sculptor, toy maker and drawer, Chris Ryniak. This week, students explored his work through rich discussions and developmental sketches. Next week we will bring these drawings to life, when students create their creatures out of clay!
In term One, Preps will be easing into the art room by learning routines and experiencing play-based art. The focus is not on finished artefacts, but rather an opportunity for students to explore different mediums. This term is all about Space and Science-Fiction Art with a particular focus for the Preps on collaging and fine-motor skills such as drawing, cutting and gluing. Students will start their space unit off by creating a rocket collage, giving them experience with printmaking, painting and collaging. To finish off the term, students will learn to use watercolour paints to create a martian in a flying saucer spaceship artwork.
Grade 1 and 2
Get ready for takeoff because in Term One Grade 1 and 2 students will be exploring Space and Science-Fiction Art! Term One always flies past so quickly, so rather than creating artworks which need a lot of time, students will be creating fun, bright and less time-consuming space inspired collages. Students will be looking at a variety of different artistic interpretations of robots and informed by this exposure, they will create their very own robot collage made from an eclectic mix of materials. Students will experience a process-based method of approaching art, in which they will design a robot through drawing and then adapting their design during the collaging phase. To finish the term, students will create colorful oil pastel aliens, with a focus on texture.
Grade 3 and 4
It’s all about intergalactic artwork this term, as students explore Space and Science-Fiction in Art! Students will be looking at the work of artists such as Djuno Tomsni and a series of science-fiction artworks spanning back to the 1970s. Students will create a fun astronaut self-portrait, which will focus on perspective, drawing and painting skills. In the second half of the term, students will create a grey-scale lunar landscape focusing on perspective, scale and shading.
Grade 5 and 6
Watch out, your kid might be taking a friendly alien home as part of the Space and Science-Fiction in Art unit this term. Students will have the opportunity to create small clay aliens based on the sculptural works of American artist Chris Ryniak. Students will create a series of alien sketches and eventually take one of those sketches and turn it into a sculpture. The focus for this project is on showing emotion, character, colour and texture in their sculptures, whilst having the opportunity to explore the tactile experience of working with clay. To finish the term, students will be creating a robot painting with a focus on shape, light and shading.
It’s a new year and that means a new door display! This year I’ve been inspired by Frida Kahlo and her beautiful quote, “I paint flowers, so they will not die”. I used old leftover scraps from the childrens’ paintings to make this display! I cannot wait to see all my wonderful mini artists next week!